Cade Roberts, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma who majored in international security studies and is a member of the Arabic Flagship Scholar Program at OU, was named a 2012 Boren Scholar, according to a media release.
The scholarship allows U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program, which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP recognizes that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
Roberts is spending this academic year at the Language Flagship at the University of Alexandria, Egypt.
Roberts has traveled and studied extensively in the Middle East. He spent the summer of 2010 studying at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, the spring of 2011 studying at the Yemeni College of Middle Eastern Studies in Sana'a, Yemen, where he was a witness to anti-governmental protests that swept the region during the Arab Spring, and the summer of 2011 studying at the Modern Language Center in Irbid, Jordan.
He is the son of Tom and Deanna Roberts and a 2008 graduate of Fort Gibson High School.